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Video: Too Long a Walk for Jon Stewart; America Shouldn't 'Nation Build' in America

Jon Stewart doesn't think President Obama's troop withdraw announcement warranted an address to the nation, "It's not nothing but did you really have to walk all the way down the (bleep) hallway to do that? Couldn't you just shout it as you were walking by?"

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 1:25, Stephen Colbert doesn't want to see American get sucked into another quagmire.

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Posted: Friday, June 24, 2011 - 8:40am

Huntsman: Presidential Campaign 'A Last-Minute Decision'

ORLANDO—When President Obama nominated Jon Huntsman to be his ambassador to China in 2009, he lauded the then-Republican governor’s expertise in trade issues, his prior diplomatic experience, and fluency in Mandarin. What Obama didn’t know was that he wouldn’t have the benefit of Huntsman's service for very long.

Posted: Friday, June 24, 2011 - 6:40am

Debt-Ceiling Talks Move Toward the End Game

The decision by GOP leaders involved in the deficit-cutting talks led by Vice President Joe Biden to bolt from the negotiations may have seemed abrupt, but the move, in fact, now brings greater clarity to the effort and puts the responsibility for a successful outcome squarely on the shoulders of President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

Posted: Friday, June 24, 2011 - 6:40am

Republicans Are Repeating Obama's Mistakes on Jobs Promises

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Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 11:40pm

Industry, Universities Praises Passage Of House Patent Bill

Groups representing major tech companies applauded broad patent reform legislation passed Thursday by the House of Representatives.

The Coalition for Patent Fairness, which represents companies like Google, Apple and Dell, called the bill a step forward in the effort to reform the American patent system.

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 8:40pm

Tracy Morgan's Apology Tour Is Getting Mixed Reviews

All this week, 30 Rock star and standup comic Tracy Morgan has been making the rounds on cable TV apologizing for his June 4 performance in Nashville where he went on an anti-gay screed. The results of this apology tour, though, have been decidedly mixed.

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 7:40pm

House Passes Sweeping Patent-Reform Legislation

After a week of frantic legislative wrangling, the House of Representatives approved historic patent-reform legislation on Thursday, overcoming opposition from some original supporters who opposed 11th hour changes to the bill.

The bill’s sponsor, House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, was able to appease House appropriators and win passage, 304-117, a week after it was originally scheduled for a vote. If the bill becomes law, it would be the first major overhaul of the patent system in more than 50 years.

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 7:40pm

Romney, Pawlenty, and Huntsman Guilty of GOP Heresy

Pity Tim Pawlenty. The former Minnesota governor is running for the Republican presidential nomination as the roughest, toughest budget-cutter in the pack. But then there’s his record as a crusader against global warming. It was bad enough, in many GOP circles, that he said the problem was real. It was even worse that he made the issue one of his signature causes and pushed for what Republicans now denounce as “cap-and-tax” rules to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. These days, Pawlenty abjectly apologizes for his “mistake.” He has said it was “wrong,” a “clunker,” a “flirtation.”

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 7:40pm

PICTURES: GOP Heretics? How Candidates' Positions Change

The rise of the tea party movement has pushed the range of acceptable policy positions in the Republican presidential primaries decidedly rightward. To stay competitive within the party, candidates have had to change their positions. The most notable example is Mitt Romney, who pushed through a universal health care plan as governor of Massachusetts. Now Romney argues that his  health law was right for his state while President Obama's health law was wrong for the country.

Here's a look at a few notable instances of GOP candidates' political deviations.

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 6:40pm

Appropriations Amendment Aims To Protect GPS

The House Appropriations Committee has waded into the controversy surrounding LightSquared's efforts to deploy its wireless broadband network and concerns that it will interfere with the use of global positioning systems used by both the government and private sector.

The committee Thursday adopted an amendment to the fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill for the Federal Communications Commission that would bar the agency from allowing LightSquared or any other broadband provider to move forward with a service that would interfere with GPS services.

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 6:40pm